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Tuesday, April 15

“Being Christian doesn’t cover up bad work.”
Col 3:25 TM

Develop a Passion for Your Work

John Ortberg writes: “My friend Andy Chan headed up the placement office for Stanford School of Business, helping graduates find work. He says that some day he wants to write a book called The Myth of Passion. This is the myth that somewhere out there is the perfect job, the idealized calling that fits my soul the way a key fits into a lock. And if I could just find that job, torrents of passion would cascade out of my heart like water going over Niagara Falls.” We have this romanticized idea that we will find “job-love at first sight.” But what if you are in a job that doesn’t excite you? Ortberg writes: “Passion for our work is not usually a subterranean volcano waiting to erupt…It is a muscle that gets strengthened a little each day as we show up—as we do what is expected of us, and then some.” Paul wrote: “Don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn’t cover up bad work” (vv. 22-25 TM). Maybe it would help to put a sign up on your desk: “For God’s sake—do your best!” Why? For two reasons: (1) Because you represent Christ in the workplace. (2) When you are faithful in small things, He will promote you to greater things (Mt 25:21).

Wednesday, April 16

“Thorns…shall it bring forth to thee.”
Ge 3:18

The Three Thorns (1)

In Scripture there are three thorns that paint a picture of redemption. Let’s look at them and see what we can learn. (1) A thorn-cursed creation. When Adam and Eve sinned, God said, “Cursed is the ground for your sake…thorns…it shall bring forth for you…In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground” (vv. 17-19 NKJV). Everything changed for us in that moment. Roses began to grow thorns, fellowship with God was broken, and man who was born to live forever began to die. It was tragic, but God had a solution. (2) A thorn-crowned Savior. “When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head” (Mt 27:29 NKJV). The curse that fell in a garden was lifted in a garden! When God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, He placed an angel with a flaming sword at the gate to prevent them from ever reentering it. But at the cross Christ, the last Adam, was cut down by the sword of God’s judgment, becoming our Savior and substitute, and securing our salvation. Now we can reenter God’s presence. What did Adam lose? Fellowship with God, immortality, and sinless perfection. At the cross Christ reclaimed and restored all these to us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2Co 5:17 NKJV). Notice the words, “in Christ.” Thirty-one times in the New Testament we read these same words. That’s one for every day of the month. Rejoice! God loves and accepts you “in Christ.”